We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

El Expolio De La Arena

El Expolio De La Arena

In this original version, investigative journalist Cristina Sáez, writing for leading spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, exposes how extensive, detrimental, silenced yet utterly pervasive "The pillaging of beach sand" has become.

A Climate Movement That Can\'t Be Ignored

A Climate Movement That Can't Be Ignored

September 21: That's the day of the People's Climate March, what promises to be the largest demonstration for action on climate change in world history.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

A Beach Project Built on Sand; By Robert S. Young, PhD

Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $207 million plan to dredge millions of tons of sand off the south shore of Long Island and spread it along the beaches and dunes. It is a colossal waste of money and another consequence of the nation’s failure to develop a coherent plan to address the risks from storms faced by states along the eastern seaboard and gulf coast.

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

The 30-mile long, continuous sandy shoreline around Monterey Bay is the most visited stretch of shoreline on the central coast. Yet, it holds the dubious distinction of being the only active beach sand mining operation along the entire United States shoreline. To make matters even worse, it all takes place along the shoreline of a protected National Marine Sanctuary. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu, is an image from Ryan Moss.

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11 Islands That Will Vanish When Sea Level Rise

According to the EPA, global sea level has risen by eight inches since 1870. This change is already affecting many low lying islands that have had to adapt. View a slideshow.


Children’s Eyes On Earth 2012 Photography Contest, In Pictures

Thousands of young photographers worldwide submitted their images to the youth photography contest, which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues. Children aged 17 and under were encouraged to illustrate the themes of ‘I love nature’ and ‘I hate pollution’…


West African Fishing Communities Drive Off Pirate Fishing Trawlers

International vessels operating illegally in protected waters have stayed away after being filmed and identified by local fishers.


Coastal Residents Warned of Excavation Consequences, Australia

Officials are warning residents of coastal communities that excavating the entrances of lakes, lagoons and intermittently opening creeks can have long lasting and severe consequences for fish and fish habitat.


Japan Tsunami Gives Lessons On Disaster Management

Japan and the World Bank held an international meeting on disaster management, and released a joint study aimed at sharing experiences from last year, when a 9.0-magnitude quake and resulting tsunami crushed the coast and triggered the worst nuclear crisis in a generation.


What Might Have Caused Recent Increase of Coral Diseases in the Caribbean?


Marine diseases are killing coral populations all over the world, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on reefs for food and protection from storms. Are these diseases new and unprecedented infections, or do they erupt from the stresses of environmental change?


Report Highlights Daunting Erosion Problem

Erosion, News

A community group which has lobbied to halt erosion at Albany beaches, Western Australia, says a report on the issue paints a daunting picture.


Why Sea Levels Fell, Only to Rise Again

From the beginning of 2010 until mid-2011, the average level of the world’s oceans dropped by 0.2 inches (5 millimeters). But how could this happen when average sea levels have been rising for decades?


Response To Patrick Michaels Editorial

Patrick Michaels is a long time (and very effective) denier of the importance of global climate change. He provides the ammunition for those who are predisposed to ignoring Mother Earth’s realities…


Climate change: EU rebrands green energy campaign

The European Commission believes that policies to cut greenhouse gases will only work if individuals share the vision of a low-carbon society.

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